Celebrities who demanded paternity tests
According to People, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi revealed in her 2016 book, Love, Loss and What We Ate, that she found herself in an awkward predicament when she found out she was pregnant. She had been told by doctors that her severe endometriosis would prevent her from getting pregnant without medical assistance, but, in 2009, she was shocked to learn she was expecting.
She wrote, “A question began to nag at my giddiness: not so much ‘How?’ but the far more uncomfortable ‘Who?'” Following her 2007 divorce from acclaimed novelist Salman Rushdie, Lakshmi had been dating two men at the time, venture capitalist Adam Dell and billionaire and IMG CEO Teddy Forstmann, and she wasn’t sure which one was the dad. She ended up dating Forstmann longterm before he died in 2011, but prenatal DNA testing revealed that Dell was the baby’s biological father.
According to Slate, not long after Lakshmi’s daughter, Krishna, was born in 2010, Dell sued Lakshmi for full custody of the girl and requested her last name be changed from Lakshmi to Dell. After a protracted legal battle, Dell and Lakshmi were forced into a compromise — a New York court awarded him more visitation and ordered that their daughter’s last name be changed to Lakshmi-Dell.
Krishna reportedly called Forstmann “Papa” before his death, and he is said to have left her a significant trust fund.